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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blake, Cassels and Graydon employees   (Photo credit: Michael Mahovlich)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon recently launched the "BrightIdeas@Blakes" initiative to challenge employees across the firm to contribute ideas to improve client service or efficiency
  • Along with maternity leave top-up payments, Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a New Mothers Network at its Toronto office and established a "ReLaunch" program to help reintegrate female lawyers who have taken a break from their careers to focus on their families
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon is an active member of the community, providing over 13,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a number of organizations in the past year, including Connect Legal, a Toronto-based not-for-profit corporate legal clinic that connects immigrant entrepreneurs with commercial lawyers for free legal help
Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees during a United Way fundraiser  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Established in Canada 1856
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,348
Part-time employees in Canada 78
Average age of employees in Canada 41.91 years
Longest serving employee 42.93 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • For the past decade, Blake, Cassels & Graydon has provided support, mentorship, networking opportunities, and personal and professional resources for its female employees through the "Women@Blakes" network -- the network maintains an internal website, publishes quarterly newsletters, and organizes seminars and events such as Ted Talks and workshops for women of diverse backgrounds
  • In the past year, Blake, Cassels & Graydon partnered with CIBC to create ReLaunch, a program focused on re-integrating female lawyers who have left the workforce for two or more years
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a strong focus on creating diverse pipelines for recruitment and recently participated in University of Toronto's "See Yourself Here" event for high school students who identify with communities that are underrepresented in Canadian legal education and the profession, such as individuals from low-income backgrounds, students whose parents did not attend university, students of colour and LGBTQ2S students
Blake, Cassels & Graydon staff and lawyers enjoying the firm's annual Diversity Day  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,348
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Officer, Professional Resources
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Pride@Blakes, Blakes Diversity Network (est. 2014 for employees from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds), New Mothers and Parents Network
Diversity training and awareness unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training, LGBTQ2S ally awareness workshops, mental health awareness initiatives
Diversity highlights participates in Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Summer Job Program to provide work experience to high school students who face barriers to achieving academic, career and life goals, mentoring and sponsorship of LAWS students, diversity and inclusion pre-law internship (offered in partnership with University of Toronto and York University), Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program (joint internship to provide work experience in legal and banking/corporate environments), participates in "Dare to Dream" program organized by Canadian Lawyers Abroad to encourage Canadian law firms and businesses to offer Aboriginal high school students mentoring and internships, is launching an internship for persons with disabilities, participates in the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program, annual Blakes Diversity Day celebration, 10th annual Women's Event, helped create a best practices guide for lawyers working with Indigenous peoples
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Judy Project (participant), Pride at Work Canada, Casey House, Progress Place (mental health), The 30% Club (signatory), Catalyst Accord (signatory), Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, 160 Girls Project (offers research and litigation support)

The Career Directory

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Blake, Cassels and Graydon staff celebrate on the company's Diversity Day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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